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Beijing by Bike, Beijing tour

Beijing by Bike

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Be one of the estimated nine million bicyclists in China on this Beijing tour. Spin your wheels through the backstreets and hutongs, stopping for quirky hutong stories, a tasty local lunch, and a visit to a local community organisation.

Highlights:
  • Zigzag through the ancient alleyways and hutongs of Beijing
  • Bike along the moat of the Forbidden City for a different perspective of this former royal palace
  • Learn the secrets and backroads in the ancient city for a real insight into the local life
  • Make some friends while enjoying lunch with our friends at a local community organisation  

Tour style:Cycling, local life & culture
Inclusions:

Local English speaking guide, bike rental, lunch, NGO visit


Exclusions:

Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for driver or guide.


Group size:Maximum 12
Schedule details:
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Meeting point:

    Shichahai Metro Station (Line 8), outside exit A2.

    什刹海地铁站A2出口,地安门商场附近

  • Starting time: 9.00 AM
  • Ending point:

    Bike rental point near Drum and Bell Square, Xicheng District (GULOU area).


Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:

    Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the trip.

  • Confirmation of booking:

    If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. 


    Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

  • Additional information:

    NOTE: Helmets are provided at the beginning of the tour.

     


  • Dress standard:

    You will need comfortable clothes for cycling.

  • Child policy:

    Children are not permitted on this tour – all participants must be above 18 years old.

  • Language: English

Itinerary:

Beijing is a city that’s both modern and traditional, forward-looking and connected to its past, and in our opinion, one of the best ways to experience it all is by bike.

Although modernising at a rapid pace, for now, China's capital still preserves its ancient and traditional heart in the winding alleyways and backstreets around the Forbidden City. Known as hutongs, these lanes are still home to many of Beijing's residents as well as shops, markets, temples, and historic buildings.

As our Beijing bike tour winds through the hutongs, you'll have a unique view of this traditional way of life and witness this neighbourhood as it slowly disappears and the developers move in. Riding along the Forbidden City moat and through the parks nearby is hands down one of our favourite experiences, as it gives you a different perspective on this formerly “forbidden city” now being a welcoming open place for the non-royals.

Visit some of our local friends at Huiling and enjoy a simple, yet tasty Chinese lunch in a hutong house. Huiling is a community-based NGO which does great work for mentally challenged people, and on our visit you will have a chance to learn about the work that they do and make some friends in the workshop.

Hop back on to your bikes and continue our cycling journey through the hutongs until you are back at the drum tower, where our Beijing bike tour will come to an end.

If you’d like to continue to the hutong experience in a different way, sampling some of the most popular snacks and visit a local produce market to learn a bit about Chinese cooking ingredients and spices, feel free to join us in the afternoon Beijing food tour which starts at 4pm. Your local guide can give you more information if you are interested.


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Traveller Feedback:

Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback. 

Beijing by Bike has an average customer care rating of 4.70 (out of a possible 5). The scores for each parameter are:
  • Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.75
  • Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.75
  • The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
    with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.75
  • The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
    Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.50
  • Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.75

Mr. Gustaaf v.
USA ~ 24 Aug 2014
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Kevin readily adapted the trip to what I already had experienced in Beijing at earlier visits

 

Ms. Bernadette B.
~ 23 Jun 2013
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Had a great time with Feng even though my bicycle skills and traffic management were dodgy.
Maybe a better meeting place as we got confused by 2 similarly named hotels near each other.

 

Mr. Paul D.
United Kingdom ~ 20 Apr 2013
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My guide Jerry was great and the day was one of the best things I did in my time in Beijing. Thanks!

 

Mrs. Cathryn M.
New Zealand ~ 18 Oct 2012
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Our guide was great showed good knowledge, enthusiasm and patience

 

Your trip:

For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

Tipping:

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour

  • Cancellations made more than 2 days prior to travel receive a full refund
  • Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to travel attract a 100% cancellation fee.


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Responsible Travel with Urban Adventures

At Urban Adventures, we firmly believe local travel is one of the best ways we can support responsible tourism. In fact, we believe it so strongly that we’ve made it our entire business! All our tours are run by local experts, not some faceless corporate team located halfway around the world with no sense of the local vibe.

We craft our tours to ensure every traveller has authentic interactions with local people, businesses, transportation, and food and drink. Local travel gives you the opportunity to experience a destination as locals do, and has the potential to impact you in ways you never imagined. In short: local is awesome.

As a responsible travel company, we promise to:

  • Use locally owned infrastructure on our tours whenever possible.
  • Spread the financial benefits amongst local people and operators.
  • Provide employment and leadership opportunities for local people.
  • Respect local customs and culture.
  • Provide safe tours for Urban Adventure partners, staff, and travellers.
  • Educate travellers and our partners about how and why we choose to travel this way.
  • Limit any negative impact to the daily lifestyles of local people.
  • Limit any physical impact on natural and cultural environments.
  • Provide support to organisations and local communities.
  • Provide opportunities for travellers to interact with local people.
  • Actively ban partners, staff, and passenger participation in or endorsement of commercial sexual activities or illegal drug use on Urban Adventures tours.
  • Work to prevent the exploitation of children in tourism.
  • Actively discourage participation in activities that exploit animals.
  • Use local partners that adhere to Urban Adventures' responsible travel principles.
  • Support and encourage fair employment practices.
  • Give our travellers the best possible value.
  • Have fun!

As a traveller, we ask that you keep the following in mind:

  • People: Be mindful of the local citizens, and seek understanding through shared experiences. Consider their customs and values while in their homeland, and when in doubt, ask your guide for advice.
  • Environment: Be mindful of the local environment, and act with conservation and sustainability in mind. Follow local guidelines, as recommended by your guide, and make proactive decisions on your own.
  • Culture: When travelling to other cultures, remember that not everyone's customs are the same as yours at home. Be respectful, and be mindful of openly questioning a customary practice, even if you disagree with it. Try to understand from their perspective. You may learn something! Your guide will be an excellent point of reference here, so check with them if you're unsure.
  • Economy: Make every effort to use local businesses and put your tourism dollars in the right (local) pocket. We use local vendors and businesses, and your guide will be able to advise you on the best ways to support the local economy.

For more suggestions on how to be a responsible traveller check out our top 12 responsible travel tips, or check out what our friends at Intrepid have to say.


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